Gerontology faculty have received grant funding from federal and private funders, including the National Institute on Aging, Health Resources and Services Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Hitachi Foundation.
Older adults today have a wide variety of housing options, from aging-in-place to retirement communities to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Research by our core and affiliate faculty members addresses the quality of life for older adults in a variety of housing options.
This work examines where older adults live and what their experiences are in these settings, including how much control they have over their living environments, and identifies the factors that aid their ability to age-in-place. Faculty members explore issues related to frontline workers in formal long-term care settings, including satisfaction, retention and training among this essential workforce.
The aging population is more now diverse than ever. The Gerontology Institute emphasizes issues of diversity in a variety of research programs. Research by our faculty members addresses issues of structural inequality and differential experiences of aging by race, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual identity. In addition to exploring diversity in aging populations of the U.S., our faculty members also research issues of aging from a global perspective.
Understanding and explaining the physical and mental health care needs of older adults and health care policy are core issues in the field of Gerontology. Our faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research on health disparities, health care workforce, elder abuse and public health.